An electronic tribute to the City of New Orleans and its people - to those who survived Katrina and to those who didn't. These are versatile, interesting and experimental electronic works including plenty of foundsound and field recording material related to New Orleans and its 2005 flood disaster.
01 - Doc - This Is It
Doc opens his track and the album with an upbeat intro carrying some of the emotionally most charged moments from New Orleans Katrina/flood media reporting. After the initial blast of 'media energy' the track transforms into soft, relaxed, dreamlike ambience hosting a strange collage of media snippets, some tangible, some almost subliminal, floating gently in the stream of music.
02 - KraftiM - IkoNO
KraftiM's track is a personal, loving tribute to the soul of New Orleans, pulsating with rhythms and echoes of the sweet soul music he once grew to love. Sounds of wind and water mix to this carnival-like electronic potpourri as a natural part of the environment and its atmosphere, but at the same time casting a dark shadow over the passionate and creative spirit of the city and its soul.
03 - Softspace - Gestalts
Softspace, an electronica artist from England, debutes on Musictrade with this beautiful and deep synth track with a rich, and imaginative soundworld leaving plenty of space and freedom for different interpretations.
04 - KraftiM - ONokidoC
You can hear some of KraftiM's IkoNO rhythms also on this track but here they are serving a different, more electronic musical context. ONokidoC pulsates in tight, abstract and darkish patterns, taking the listener to strange worlds of sound. Water is present also on this track, as a dark, fatal force to be reckoned with.
05 - Doc - N.O.P.D. Blues
Doc's epic track starts with a scaringly realistic audio onslaught of a hurricane mixed with some of the earliest radio reports from New Orleans area after Katrina had hit it. As these worrying reports fade into the background the listener is taken right into the heart of the events in the form of N.O. area police radio traffic from its Baton Rouge headquarters, scanned and streamed to Internet in real time by an unknown local contributor. Combined to Doc's slow and alienated guitar backgrounds these radio messages create a suspended, action-movie-like atmosphere that keeps the listener in its grip throughout the long track.
February 17, 2009
Provocation of my own tribute...
Dramatic start with the first track by Doc, then a wonderful politically orientated set of voice samples come into play, this is where we have an essence of the vanguard for profound change on a world scale, through the international language of music. I have said it before with several artists as my reviews are a payment of homage to talent. Here I am at once transported to an essence of myself as having been and always being (unfortunately, quite possibly always) somewhat of a political dissident, a religious heretic. Music is a wonderfully enjoyable carrier because it leaves more room for imagination and self reflection, even on a macro scale potentially. From the roots up is our best bet though, and it is a distinct possibility if we can find cohesion of intent for the better. Why else would we not have some hope with talents such as these available ABSOLUTELY FREE! How fantastic is that, and what a potential, with the right marketing, that the vehicle could be put into motion.
Next KraftiM comes into play, another great favourite and favoured artist that I've had the pleasure to get to know (even to the honour of the extent of being included in just a small potential way to possible future work). Again, I feel there is a subliminal depth to this type of music presented on this album, which is potentially and intuitively I feel, a good influence and should be played on the loudspeakers of the world. However, is that not in essence just another indoctrination of the species according to my own Weltanschauung, or is there a reality to my madness? KraftiM's work always makes me feel there is an essence of the celestial in terms of ancient species, even beyond the strictures of Zoroatrianism. It is in some terms a reversion to an earlier sense of existence, a purer essence of being, a sensation of belonging to something larger than yourself, and that it is perfectly acceptable. Again, a strong element of tribalism mixed with the ultra modern music making machinery available to this artist and such details, although interesting, are beyond my current level of knowledge. That may or may not change. I suspect my talents are elsewhere, certainly at the moment. If nothing else, simply on a personal level, this album and others may have a genuinely beneficial effect. Now imagine the ability to magnify that beneficience.
Softspace's Gestalts, what was I just saying about therapy? Entroyable, uncanny. But like I've said to Pete, I shoot from the hip (and being a touch typist helps), I find a flow, the same way that you musicians do and also, on both sides sometimes it doesn't happen, you get a creative cramps, or if you suffer from 'mental issues' life can distract immensely, so I find my solace in music (and books). I really like this track, lovely environment, and nice and subtle with a disproportionate strength as a result. It scintillates and reverberates, creating depth. Depth of music, depth of experience, depth of effect, depth of benefit. Deep calls to deep. Softspace, in this track offers a different depth which I can discern and at first seems paradoxical to have earthly, natural sound layers, water, birds, and also musically reference the outer limits of the universes as we know them, or rather believe we do ever so anthropomorphic that we can only be. But perception is linked to imagination and that is at least a good start, we just need to shift a big gear up on a worldwide scale, and shed that which doesn't work, like capitalism, and democracy. A true profound revolution social and cultural.
Beautiful track, one of Pete's finest.
Onokidoc, which I'm guessing is in some sense a collaboration (I got some listening to do yet, so excuse my assumption). I can believe it to be for the water element involved which I associate with Doc and can also see KraftiM's skill at manipulation of sound and rhythm. As usual it's quite large, expansive and water is a universal, primal element of ours and other worlds (presumably). Again, human centrality is inescapably key to our experience and understanding of all around us, ourselves and the tangled webs we can weave or rich tapestries, sometimes both appealing in their own right. Timmy has a good ear for intensities and subtleness that I don't pick up. From what I've heard he has done wonders with my words and I loathe my voice almost as much as a photograph of myself. It's not about self-consciousness, I am very brave in my endeavours when I'm strong enough, I unfortunately don't have much self-esteem. We all have our own crosses to bear the best we can. Reworking manipulation or not, very nice track.
N.O.P.D. Blues by Doc to round up this album. Lovely sonic windstorm and whirling atmospheres, like being inside a crackling spyre of Grave's and again, the voices, the vehicle, the sublimity. It's great to listen to almost apocalyptic in places, what kind of a windstorm is being cooked up for us. If I hear an American voice I instantly think of unnecessary violence, I try not to but it's happening right now, as I type. Too many innocent people are dying for nothing. The involvement in war is too easily experienced as some VR dream that is available and the mindset in reality doesn't seem to change because they've still got their VR goggles on as they storm around the skies of destroyed and decimated countries and populations. They still think they are training and death can be dealt at such a distance. I've spokent to ex-military and they are either truthfully sorry for what is going on because they've taken the goggles off and seen it blood and bone, and I've met some who are completely dangerous human beings. That of course is not solely related to militaristic escapades but also to an element of the very society that we live in. Outside our very doors, along the roads we drive across. All around. No wonder some people are scared to go out at night. I am wary, and I live in a relatively small town in good old Emerald England, and I am a black belt in karate. And, I couldn't bear the thought of being lost to my wife and children. That's my personal solidarity and is literally tattooed on my right shoulder, to protect my family with all my martial ability if it should come to that. Maybe, I'm being megalomaniac in thinking that my standard for a good life should be good for all, but either way, it would be a happier and safer place. Nice thoughts, nice album. Requiems for a Submerged City.